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Introduction to Astronomy Feb. 15

Introduction to Astronomy Feb. 15

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The public is invited to the annual "Introduction to Astronomy – Sorting it Out", taking place on Feb. 15 at Schuler Books at 2660 28th St. SE.

At 1:00 p.m., Jim Foersh and Bill Grinstead will give participants information on recommended telescopes, guide books, star charts and outline resources, along with stargazing tips.  A "Telescope Tune-Up Clinic" will run from  2:15 p.m.  to 3 p.m. At this clinic, experienced amateur astronomers will be on hand to provide proper telescope use advice, along with personal telescope adjustments.   

The presentation is in connection to the Grand Rapids  Amateur Astronomical Association, based in Lowell, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For more information, call (616) 897-7065 or visit http://www.graaa.org/.

DJ's Landscape Management career fair Feb. 20

DJ's Landscape Management career fair Feb. 20

KENTWOOD, Mich.—DJ’s Landscape Management is getting ready for its spring hiring season with a career fair this month.

The company is looking to hire more than 60 people in every department, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation, lawn care, landscape installation, plant health care, administration, sales, fleet management and snow and ice management.  Participants can meet the DJ’s Landscape Management team, and interview immediately.

The career fair will take place Feb. 20 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4720 52nd Street SE.  For more information, visit the company website here.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A Kentwood park is about to get some upgrades.

On Tuesday, October 1, Kentwood’s Committee of the Whole is expected to review a possible contract with Riverworks Construction Incorporated to build a boardwalk at Northeast Park.  The deal would be for up to approximately $246,000 to replace and install a new pathway, as well as replace two viewing decks, including one on Scenic Lake.

The project will be paid for by a $125,400 state grant, with the remaining cost covered by the city’s parks millage.  Riverworks Construction of Holland is estimating the project will actually cost about $231,000.

If the contract is approved by the Committee of the Whole, it will be discussed at the City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that same night.  If commissioners approve the deal, it will go to the mayor’s desk for approval.

Kentwood business offers free e-waste recycling

Kentwood business offers free e-waste recycling

KENTWOOD, Mich.—If you’re looking to get rid of old, outdated electronics for free, a local company is here to help.

Intertek is offering free electronics recycling to the community September 27 -28.  You can drop off your old computers and devices at the company’s Kentwood facility, located at 4700 Broadmoor SE, Suite 200.  Accepted items include nearly anything with a circuit board, batteries and/or wall plugs, with the exception of devices containing Freon, smoke detectors, light bulbs and large household appliances.

 Advanced Technology Recycling will properly recycle the electronics.

The event runs Friday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.